Do You Suffer From Computer Vision Syndrome?

Our patients are increasingly dealing with Computer Vision Syndrome at an alarmingly fast rate.

The chief complaint for office visits this month has been – “eye strain”.  Therefore, we felt compelled to share this spectacular article by Dr. Kendall E. Donaldson. Please take the time to read this well-written document entirely.  Thank you!

“Computer Vision Syndrome 2016: Paying the Price for Technology”

Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS | presented by Ophthalmology Management | February 2016

In 2016, it seems that computers have invaded every aspect of our lives. We have become dependent on smart phones for communication, organization, and entertainment. Our success seems to depend on our almost continuous availability by phone, text, and email. When we’re not using our smart phone, we’re on our tablets or our computers, and when we go home after work we’re watching television and using our computers for pleasure or continued work.

When I reflect on my own life, it seems I spend 80% of it staring at some type of screen or device. But it’s not just me. Inspired by this topic, I recently started to tabulate what patients are doing when I walk in the examining room and I found that approximately 50% are on a phone (2% are on MY office phone), 15% are using a tablet, 20% are talking to the person who accompanied them, and 15% are staring aimlessly or doing nothing. Even our children are caught up in this phenomenon. Between homework on the computer (writing, math, science, typing), playing games (their favorite pastime), watching movies, YouTube videos and performing assorted searches, they too spend the majority of their day staring at digital screens of various types. Life certainly has evolved over the past 30 years to a time when we are entirely cyber-dependent.

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